Invisible Hand


Invisible Hand

The concept that when each individual pursues his or her own advantage, he or she is "led by an invisible hand to promote an end which was no part of his intention," which leads to a greater benefit for all than if he or she actively pursued an altruistic end. Originally introduced by economist Adam Smith in his book "The Wealth of Nations," published in 1776.

Articles on that refer to Invisible Hand

The Invisible Brain By Robert Wright
Review of Lawrence Lessig's The Future of Ideas By Lucas Hendrich and
The Age of Virtuous Machines By J. Storrs Hall

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